Landslide in southern Ethiopia leaves 7 dead

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA – MARCH 12 : Rescue workers search for those buried by a landslide that swept through a massive garbage dump, killing at least 10 people and leaving several missing at Koshe rubbish tip in Kolfe Keranio district of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on March 12, 2017. (Photo by Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A landslide in Ethiopia’s Southern regional state has left seven people dead, local authorities said on Sunday (September 8, 2019).

In a press statement, Communication Office, Dawuro zone of Southern regional state, said a landslide caused by heavy rains on Saturday afternoon left seven people dead.

The statement said five of the victims were from one family, with rescuers still digging up in the area to find any more survivors.

Ethiopia is in the midst of a rainy season which started in July and is expected to last until mid-September, which occasionally causes landslides in some parts of the East African country.

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